November 24, 2011

2011 Trade Conference a Success!

I tried to think of a clever title for this blog post celebrating Monday’s fantastic and SOLD OUT Washington Trade Conference, but I’m so out of practice. My last few posts have all been Trade Conference advertisements like the uncleverly -but accurately – titled “JUST ANNOUNCED: Canadian Trade Minister to …

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August 26, 2011

What I Learned on My Eastern Washington Trip

Remember back in grade school when, as soon as you came back in September, your teacher would assign you to write a paper about “what I learned on my summer vacation?” Well, I just got back from a three day trip to Eastern Washington to talk international trade, and I …

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August 18, 2011

What’s the Relationship Between Immigration and International Trade?

No, seriously, I mean it. This isn’t one of those “why is a raven like a writing desk?” questions (Alice in Wonderland reference, btw). I think this is a potentially interesting and vital question at the intersection of two major national policy debates: 1) how do we structure our nation’s …

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August 5, 2011

Trade = Development

When I’m out in the community speaking on international trade, I always use my patented line that “international business = international trade,” and I list the examples of industries that folks may not think of when they think of trade: architecture, tourism…and global health and development. That last example usually …

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July 27, 2011

Export-Import Bank: Not James Bond’s Credit Union, But Still Cool

Working in international trade is, in many ways, the same as being an international man of mystery. As one of the many, many examples of this truth, famed move spy James Bond’s cover story was that he worked “in the export-import business.” (His fake company was called Universal Exports, for …

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